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Bob Arevalo

Ginnie Watson

Meetings are usually held the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Unless otherwise stated, we meet at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114. Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize before the 7:00 meeting, browse the merchandise tables, and check out the library and Wild Ones information booths. The meetings are free and open to the public.

The Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter publishes a monthly newsletter for its members which contains informative and timely articles about upcoming events, past events, related events, and other useful information. For a sample newsletter click here.

We are a member of the Four River Environmental Coalition partnering with and supporting their events.

Visitors are welcome at most events and are invited to join the growing membership.

The Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter carries out the mission of Wild Ones (see below) through a variety of activities, which typically includes any of the following:

  • Informative Meetings, include how-to-do-it sessions, presentations by experts in prairie, woodland, and wetland native plants and related subjects and members profiling their own projects.
  • Show Me/Help Me Day, members tour other members’ yards, share ideas, and offer suggestions.
  • Woodland Native Plant Sale, with orders being taken February through April, for pick up in May. This sale offers mostly species for shady locations. The pick up location is near Durand, IL.
  • Native Prairie Plant Sale, with orders being taken March through April. This sale offers mostly species for sunny to part shade locations. The pick up location is in Rockford, IL.
  • Native Tree and Shrub Sale, with orders being taken in August and September, for pick up late September near Durand, IL.
  • Plant Rescues, where members dig plants in the path of development. The rescued plants go to home landscapes or are used for restoration efforts in the local area.
  • Seed Exchanges, we meet in November to exchange native plant seed that members have collected.
  • Seeds For Education Program, a grant and education progrm.The chapter educates and supports community efforts to establish natural areas and to work with educational institutions and other areas of learning.

History and Mission:

The Rock River Valley Chapter was established in July 1994. Currently we have about 176 household and business memberships. The chapter is lead by dedicated officers, chairs and coordinators.

Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization.

Wild Ones provides information and teaches people how to use native plants in their landscapes. Wild Ones distinguishes itself from other garden organizations by encouraging gardening with native plants and moving away from the use of chemicals, watering, excessive mowing and other practices commonly used by traditional gardeners. People come to Wild Ones to learn about environmentally friendly gardening - about plants native to our area that have evolved to survive our climate without help from artificial means.